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Lesson Plans (11) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (3) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (5) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (3) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards). Learning Assets (2)


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science (3), or Social Studies (4)
Title: Envision, Enhance, Enjoy
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), Alabama's state parks will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.


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Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (K - 3)
Title: Tad the Tadpole
Description: Tad the Tadpole is designed to demonstrate how pollution in various areas affects wildlife in their native habitats. The lesson is designed to stress the importance of conservation for animals and their surrounding environment.  Upon conclusion of the lesson, the students will determine ways they could take care of the environment as opposed to further pollute. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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Subject: Science (K - 5)
Title: Little River Canyon's Carnivorous Green Pitcher Plants
Description: A digital slide program introduces the Green Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia oreophila) to the students.  Students use a model of the Green Pitcher Plant and plastic insects to role play. They will tell the story of habitat adaptation and interaction around the pitcher plant bog. Pitcher Plants and the animals in the neighborhood have lives interconnected to the environment. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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Subject: Arts Education (3), or English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3)
Title: The Causes of Pollution
Description: In this lesson, the students will identify the types of pollution found in communities by viewing a video. After discussing the types of pollution, the students will discuss ways pollution can be controlled. Students will also explain why it is important to keep communities free of pollution by creating a poster.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Making and Observing Life in a Terrarium
Description: In this lesson, the students will learn what a terrarium is, the layers of a terrarium, and the function of these layers. They will see how these components work together to create an ecosystem. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3)
Title: Muddy Water!!
Description: This is an introductory lesson which will help students realize how people use water and impact water pollution. The students will first observe a clean (or sterile) environment. They will be lead to discover the impact water pollution plays upon our Earth.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animal Studies
Description: This was a collaborative effort between Melanie George and Connie Roan. Students will work in collaborative groups and investigate animal characteristics, their habitats and basic needs using the Internet and library. They will then make a power point presentation of their animals to educate the rest of the class.


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Subject: Science (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Biomes: Where are the Wild Things?
Description: During this lesson, students will explore biomes, ecosystems, and habitats by navigating the Internet. They will research biomes, ecosystems, and habitats in order to create a newsletter. They will have the opportunity to distribute their newsletters and discuss their findings with students in their school.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 6), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Can Plants Be Grown in Space?
Description: This lesson allows students to explore finding a solution to growing plants in space. Students will have the opportunity to conduct a scientific investigation to discover if plants can grow in space. Students will also take a virtual field trip and discuss their experiment results with experts from NASA.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Creative Climates     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students pretend they are head of a new National Geographic Climate Observation Post, where they must create a climate map to illustrate the world's various climate zones. Students explore the world's diverse climate zones and find out how climate affects human life.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Seeds Need
Digital Tool: Plant Growth Interactive
Digital Tool Description: This interactive site provides students an opportunity to deepen content knowledge of a plant's needs.


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Title: Biomes of the World
Digital Tool: National Geographic Biomes of the World Video
Digital Tool Description: National Geographic is a website that provides free maps, photos, videos, and articles about animals, the environment, cultures, history, and all the latest news on science topics. In this lesson, National Geographic will serve as a reference for students to get information on certain biomes of the world to make colorful posters to present to the class. They will focus their research on the habitat conditions in the biome that support plant and animal survival.


ALEX Podcasts


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Pitcher Plant Little River Canyon National Preserve
Overview:
This podcast tells about the green pitcher plant. It is an endangered carnivorous plant located sparsely throughout the United States. It includes pictures, an explanation of what it eats, its location, and what to do if you find one.


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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The Rainforest Alliance
http://www.rainfores...
The Rainforest Alliance helps people of all ages to understand the role that each one of us plays in biodiversity conservation. These pages provide kids and teachers with the information they need to understand fundamental environmental issues in order to help protect our planet. We invite you to use these education resources and join our efforts in connecting children to conservation.

Podcasts


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PBS Kids-Science
http://pbskids.org/e...
Student interactive site, plus lesson plans, etc. about plants, animals, the environment, etc.

Assessments


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Plant and Animal Habitat Quiz
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
The components of plant and animal habitats are assessed in this ten-question quiz.

Informational Materials


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The Rainforest Alliance
http://www.rainfores...
The Rainforest Alliance helps people of all ages to understand the role that each one of us plays in biodiversity conservation. These pages provide kids and teachers with the information they need to understand fundamental environmental issues in order to help protect our planet. We invite you to use these education resources and join our efforts in connecting children to conservation.

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Biology of plants
http://www.mbgnet.ne...
Information on various aspects of plants (growth, parts, making food, pollination, plant adaptations, seed dispersal, plants & life on earth).

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Welcome to the Rainforest
http://www.cyberpare...
Table of Contents include links to: Home to Creatures, Home to Plants

Interactives/Games


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Animals in their Habitat
http://pbskids.org/m...
Interactive game where student selects the appropriate habitat for the animal given.

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PBS Kids-Science
http://pbskids.org/e...
Student interactive site, plus lesson plans, etc. about plants, animals, the environment, etc.

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Build Your Biome
http://www.switchero...
The interactive game allows students to build their own biome. It shows how it will not snow in the hot desert and how certain animals can only survive in certain climates.

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Build An Online Habitat
http://www.switchero...
This interactive website allows students to choose a habitat, then select the animals, vegetation, and climate that would fit the habitat.

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Plant and Animal Habitats Interactive
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
The components of plant and animal habitats are identified in this interactive.

Learning Activities


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Animals in their Habitat
http://pbskids.org/m...
Interactive game where student selects the appropriate habitat for the animal given.

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PBS Kids-Science
http://pbskids.org/e...
Student interactive site, plus lesson plans, etc. about plants, animals, the environment, etc.

Teacher Tools


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The Rainforest Alliance
http://www.rainfores...
The Rainforest Alliance helps people of all ages to understand the role that each one of us plays in biodiversity conservation. These pages provide kids and teachers with the information they need to understand fundamental environmental issues in order to help protect our planet. We invite you to use these education resources and join our efforts in connecting children to conservation.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Creative Climates     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students pretend they are head of a new National Geographic Climate Observation Post, where they must create a climate map to illustrate the world's various climate zones. Students explore the world's diverse climate zones and find out how climate affects human life.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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